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British social services condemn documentary about unsupervised children

A documentary series on Channel 4 is drawing fire from social service officials, who describe the production and airing of the series as 'abusive' and are calling for the program to be banned. Entitled Boys and Girls Alone, the series is a kind of social experiment in which 20 British children are supplied with food and toys and then left to fend for themselves without any adult supervision for a period of about 17 days while cameras record their activities. This Telegraph article explores the issue.
February 12, 2009

A documentary series on Channel 4 is drawing fire from social service officials, who describe the production and airing of the series as ‘abusive’ and are calling for the program to be banned. Entitled Boys and Girls Alone, the series is a kind of social experiment in which 20 British children are supplied with food and toys and then left to fend for themselves without any adult supervision for a period of about 17 days while cameras record their activities. This Telegraph article explores the issue.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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